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August 21, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Keisha Allen knows that the challenges of being a homeless transgender woman in Chicago are steep. On top of navigating a burdened homeless-services system to find food and shelter each day, she and many women have also faced prejudice, ignorance and harassment from the people who run the agencies and shelters as well as those who inhabit them. "My experience at the shelters here in Chicago is almost, I want to use the word dangerous, for a trans woman of color," Allen said. Earlier this year, Allen was placed in the men's section of one West Side housing facility, in a room with eight men who would "gawk and make disrespectful comments directed at my sexuality," she said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Adam Lukach and RedEye special contributor
 *** (out of 4)   When "Pumped Up Kicks" vaulted Foster the People to rock stardom in summer 2011, it was an odd record to take off in such extreme fashion. Not only was it a mellow, easy-listening tune in a time of dance-driven power-pop, but tucked beneath its quaintness was a serious tale of a school shooting--a grim underpinning on a seemingly light, lovely song.   While listening to "Supermodel," Foster the People's overdue follow-up to the California band's debut, "Torches," it's difficult not to think of the formula behind "Kicks.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
There's something about sub-50s temperatures that make parties transition from far-flung cocktail bars to oh-so-convenient (for the host) house parties. It was in that spirit that I ended up in a number of apartments over the past few weeks, mixing awkward conversation with unfortunate (but budget-friendly) beer choices. On the way I ran into a few characters - over and over again. You probably know them. In fact, you're probably one of them: The out-of-town friend: Oh hey, how do you know everyone again?
NEWS
January 30, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
When it comes to dealing with CTA customer service complaints, there could a method to the madness. Purdue University researchers say they've devised a system that would allow the CTA to measure rider satisfaction in real-time. The scientists used analysis software to assess CTA rider sentiment on Twitter over a few days last summer and found that riders tend to tweet about negative experiences more than positive ones. The researchers say instead of just relying on tweets and e-mails sent to them, the CTA could use this analysis to cull comments on Twitter and get a more complete picture of how riders are feeling.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
This Valentine's Day, one DePaul student is on a mission to warm up Chicago from the inside, one winter-hardened soul at a time. With his arms. "Sometimes we lose the physical intimacy of contact as we go about our daily lives and sometimes it's just a reminder that we're humans," said 20-year-old David Melia. "We need physical interaction with each other. " The laid-back Lincoln Park resident bills himself as a professional free hugger, a man who goes around the city soothing strangers' souls by enveloping them in an embrace.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) In the first few minutes of “Savages,” Blake Lively's character, O, says via superfluous voiceover, “Dope's supposed to be bad, but in a bad, bad world, it's good.” In reference to military vet Chon's (Taylor Kitsch) PTSD-driven sexual behavior, O notes, “I have orgasms; he has wargasms.” A herd of elephants couldn't lift a movie from depths this low, yet juicy performances from Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro nearly do it. They play a drug lord and her chief henchman, respectively, and their sinister behavior and rare humanity (or lack thereof)
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Molly Fedick, @mollyfedick and For RedEye
Two weeks ago, a friend posted a link to my wall about a new mobile dating app called Tinder. Within an hour there were 20 comments under this link from "friends" convinced I would meet my future husband on this thing. I would have taken offense if three years earlier I hadn't declared that I had met my soul mate on Chatroulette. Seriously. Long story short: I tried it, and I am addicted. Here's how it works: You see a picture of a person who lives no more than 100 miles away and are prompted to press an "X" or a heart symbol.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
(A previous version of this story contained a link to data from the neighborhood website  http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/  that was erroneously attributed to RedEye.) Depending on whom you ask, crime in Lakeview is on the decline, a longtime problem, or poised to climb dramatically. Earlier this summer the local police commander, Elias Voulgaris, announced that one of Lakeview's beats, dense with bars and bordered by foot-traffic heavy Belmont Avenue and Halsted Street, is leading the city in robberies.
NEWS
September 30, 2012 | Stephen Markley
When I began using the music program Spotify sometime last year, it changed my music-listening life. With literally any and all of the world's recorded music now available in a five second search, it was like suddenly having the Holy Grail as your morning coffee cup. I took the scrolling list of my Facebook friends on the right side of the player as a strange addendum to this revolutionary new program. After all, what did I particularly care what my friends were listening to? So what if Chad Peterson was listening to this or Laura Beatty Muteti listening to that?
NEWS
January 4, 2013 | By Tony Peregrin and For RedEye
Half-submerged Buddha head sculptures started popping up in five Chicago neighborhoods in the fall, and in 2013, the next phrase of the public art installation is set to turn even more communities on its head. Ten Thousand Ripples - a collaborative citywide project presented by Changing Worlds, an educational arts nonprofit organization - is intended to spark a public dialogue about peace and nonviolence and to create innovative solutions to address contemporary social issues. "The image of the Buddha growing out of the earth represents for me the spiritual growth that we all struggle to achieve as we travel life's path," explains artist Indira Freitas Johnson in her artist statement on the project's website.
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